Copper alloy statue



Accession Number
EC309
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Egypt and its Neighbours
Object Types
Fakes and replicas, Replicas | Sculpture, Statue
Period
Khedival Period
Dynasty
Nineteenth century CE/AD
Material
Metals/alloys (Copper alloy)
Measurements
Height: 196mm | Width: 203mm | Depth: 61mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Assyrian

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Description

A black copper alloy statue of Lamassu, a celestial being from ancient Mesopotamian religion bearing a human head, bull's body, sometimes with the horns and the ears of a bull, and wings. These mythological guardians were placed at the entrances of Mesopotamian palaces. Two of the feet have holes in the base for attachment to a stand. It was likely produced during the nineteenth century when copper alloy statues of Lamassu were common. Purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1929.

Wellcome Number
A138477
Other Identity
W849 (previous number)
Auction
Messrs Foster. Dealer and Auctioneers: 17 Jan 1929, Lot 120
Auction Details
An Indian gilt bronze figure of a deity holding a basin, a stone carving of a deity, an Egyptian bronze figure, and 2 biberons.
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 10 Dec 2021

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